Iran to stand up to Trump 'bullying' over nuclear deal: Security official

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"Only Iran would gain from abandoning the restrictions on its nuclear programme", he wrote.

Trump has said that unless European allies rectify "flaws" in 's 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers by May 12 he will refuse to extend United States sanctions relief for Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that the United States would regret a decision to leave the nuclear deal, and Tehran would fiercely resist U.S. pressure to limit its influence in the Middle East.

Recently appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton have a long history of calling for the USA to confront Iran and may convince Trump to use the agreement, the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)", to concede U.S. demands on other policies outside the ambit of the JCOPA. The Iranian president said he'd met with officials from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran in recent days and discussed a "clear path" ahead. I thought it was a bad deal. Failing to uphold them will effectively end USA participation in the deal.

Proponents of the nuclear deal argued the trove of documents Israel obtained from Tehran shed little new light on Iran's nuclear programme and in fact made the case for why the accord is important. Trump has voiced similar objections and hinted he will withdraw from the deal unless it is renegotiated. He was one of the key figures in planning and reaching the Iran deal. "He's decided the deal's not working, and a fix that doesn't fix anything is not acceptable".

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Rouhani vehemently reiterated his country's opposition to curtailing its non-nuclear missile capabilities, in his speech on Sunday.

The new intelligence was reportedly obtained by the Israelis. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under briefing guidelines, said the volume of information showed the program was more "comprehensive and robust" than previously thought.

Trump has described the 2015 agreement, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for limits on its nuclear program, as "terrible". Critics countered the evidence Netanyahu presented was old. At least 10 per cent of its aircraft components are of American origin, meaning it requires permission from the US Treasury for its sales to Iran.

Rouhani did not specify how Iran would react if the United States pulls out of the deal.

Trump's European allies, however, are urging him to stay the course. Walking away, he added, could have hard-to-predict consequences.

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Asked about the IAEA's conclusion on CNN's "New Day", Netanyahu replied: "No one had better intelligence on Iran than Israel". Iran has long said its nuclear program was for civilian purposes and that it is committed to never developing atomic weapons.

Iran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, via the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in Syria's civil war, and its backing for Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen have added to frictions between Tehran and Western powers.

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It has been accused of carrying out deadly strikes there, most recently on April 9 and April 30, which killed Iranian forces as well as Syrian soldiers.

Netanyahu said that Israel was "determined to block Iran's aggression against us even if this means a struggle".

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